B2 Galllery – Tacoma – Nature in the Making

The trip to Tacoma last Sunday was a lot of fun.  We didn’t leave until late in the afternoon, but the sun was out and there were gorgeous, dramatic clouds floating across the sky to provide the perfect backdrop for our journey.   We listened to some good music and had a nice chat. I snapped photos along the way.

Very pleasant day for a road trip!

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We got to Tacoma early and were greeted by Deborah Boone, the co-owner and co-director of B2 Fine Art Gallery, who was setting things up for the reception.

 

The gallery space is beautiful.  It featured the work of a number of area artists in addition to that of Agnes Hauptli and Stacey Harvey-Brown.  For instance there were several small Chihuly pieces  (priced at around $16,000 each).

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There were also some stunning Native American pieces by PNW artist, Bo Chambers.

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However, the main focus of our interest was the Hauptli /Harvey-Brown exhibit.    I have written about these women’s work before.  They travel the world observing the topigraphical features of the earth’s surface and then go back to their prospective homes in New Zealand and England, where they sit at their looms and create amazing woven pieces that reflect the nature that they have observed.  One really must see it in person to fully appreciate the minute details, amazing textures and subtle colors that are used.

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We arrived at the gallery before Agnes and Stacey, which gave us the opportunity to walk around and snap photos.  Soon, however, the door opened, and these two weaving geniuses burst into the room on their own cloud of artful energy and lots of laughter.  It was absolutely delightful to finally meet them in person!  They are certainly forces to be reckoned with!

I asked both women to do  wee promo videos so I could upload them to Facebook.  Here is Stacey’s:

and here is Agnes’:

Here is a very brief video of some of Agnes’ work:

 

We were very fortunate in that both Stacey and Agnes were quite vocal about their work, full of interesting stories about their processes. They “worked the room” very well, drifting from person–to-person, answering questions and imparting information.    In addition to being quite entertaining, their conversations lent greater meaning to the art for us.    In the following photo,  Agnes is telling me about the fact that they packed the entire exhibit into only two suitcases and  carried tiny backpacks for the few personal belongings that they brought.

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Here we are clowning around behind some of Stacey’s work.  (That’s me with the red scarf beside Stacy with Agnes hiding in the far back.)

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Here is an amazing triptych created by Agnes to reflect the rock formations in Arizona. She has such a sensitive grasp of the delicate colors and the naturally-formed designs.  I LOVE this piece!

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And another Stacey Harvey-Brown piece that represents a stratum of ancient rock formations, again in Arizona.

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Here is a little video that shows some of the fabulous texture, up close and personal:

The following photo is a room full of Stacey Harvey-Brown’s woven tapering structures that resemble stalactites or, as someone else suggested, flowing water.

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This brief video shows a sweeping view of my favorite of Stacey’s pieces:

While we were there, the gallery was descended upon by a large group of Pacific Northwest weavers.  Glad there was such a great turn out!

Because of the long drive home, John and I had to make a rather early exit, but I must say.  I have not stopped thinking about these women’s magnificent art since we were there, and I feel that I’ve made two marvelous new friends, which makes it even better!  My sincere thanks to Dhaj Sumner, in New Zealand, who called to tell me about Agnes, who is her neighbor, and Stacey.  My life feels richer for having experienced their unique perspectives on the world.  I can’t wait to see more!  (Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to afford a piece one of these days, too!)  🙂

Thank you, Agnes and Stacey!  Your talent is a true gift to us all.  Thank you, John, for driving and for accompanying me on this little day trip.  I had such a good time.

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Oh….and…. Thank you, ART and good karma….for simply being!

Art Day

I was up very early this morning, cooking breakfast for John and Ingrid, as Ingrid had her weekly sleepover with us last night.  After she left, I got busy and completed work on three articles and am now sketching out the details for the remaining three that I have to write over the next 72 hours.

In a couple of hours, John and I will be headed to Tacoma to finally meet Stacey Harvey Brown and Agnes Hauptli at B2 Gallery for another Nature in the Making reception.

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I was shocked the first time I visited Tacoma because I had been told all kinds of negative things about it.  Both John and I found it delightful.  It is a nice little art Mecca hidden among the hills, on the water and is as lovely as lovely gets.  If you know the “old” Tacoma, you might be surprised by how much it has developed into a truly beautiful place.

We took our Maya there a few years ago, and had fun watching the glass blowers in the Chihuly museum.  Fascinating and a lot of fun to watch.

Mt. Rainier looms in the background and there are a zillion opportunities for awesome photography.

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Can’t wait, but if I’m going to go, I need to get off this computer….so goodbye for now.  Hope all of you are having as great a Sunday as I am!

Nature in the Making – by Agnes Hauptli and Stacey Harvey-Brown

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I was recently contacted by my friend in New Zealand, Dhaj Sumner, who informed me of an upcoming exhibition in my neck of the woods that I am quite excited about.  This one has appeal for nature lovers and art lovers alike.

Coming up next month, the Nature in the Making exhibition of incredible hand woven art will feature interpretations of naturally-formed landscapes and geological forms as seen through the eyes of  UK weaver Stacey Harvey-Brown and fellow-weaver, Agnes Hauptli, from  New Zealand.  Featured  in the B2 Fine Art Gallery in Tacoma, Washington, the exhibit will run from   June 19 through July 25, 2014.

Easily accessible from Portland and Seattle, the exhibit will be the Pacific Northwest’s opportunity to witness a truly remarkable display of woven and pictorial canyons, caverns and stalactites via the artists’ unique 3-D weaving techniques and photographic images.

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The work is the two weavers’ specific responses to  the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyons in Arizona, as well as the various cave systems under the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Mountain ranges in Virginia, where they have met every two years since 2010.  Visitors can witness the woven details of undulating stratum and majestic mountains  in artistic stories told as no one else has ever portrayed them.

 

Agnes Hauptli uses a computer-assisted jacquard loom to create stunning  colored panels.

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Stacey Harvey-Brown uses a shaft loom to create highly textured three-dimensional growth forms installations and large, off-the-wall Strata Wall pieces.

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Please tell your friends about this one.  The exhibition is a must-see for art lovers across the PNW!

 

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Agnes is an award-winning, self taught weaver who first  began her artistic weaving endeavors with  a rigid heddle loom in 1992.   She has been in love with the craft of weaving ever since.

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Stacy Harvey-Brown’s book, Woven Shibori for Textural Effects: How You Can Weave Waves, Sand Ripples, Volcanoes and Mountains on a Shaft Loom,  can be found  HERE on Amazon.com.  She can be seen in this interesting video about the Jacquard loom:

 

I sincerely hope that my PNW-area readers will show up at the exhibit and give these two remarkable artists your welcoming support.  This is an installation you will not want to miss!

 

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EXHIBITION OPENS ::
3RD THURSDAY TACOMA ART MINGLE
THU JUNE 19 2014 :: 5PM-8PM

:: ARTIST RECEPTION ::
SAT JUNE 21 2014 :: 5PM-8PM

:: SPECIAL NIGHT CAP ARTIST RECEPTION ::
Complex Weavers Conference Attendees & Friends
SUN JUNE 29 2014 :: 8PM-10PM